Modern Science points to Christian
In today’s postmodern and pluralistic society, it can be extremely difficult to figure out which worldview, if any, is correct. Religions are often seen as different paths leading to the same destination. However, religion cannot save you, only a relationship with God can.
Christianity is on a whole different level than religion. It offers salvation and eternal life as a free gift through God’s work rather than sinful human effort. The Christian faith is a relationship with God through Jesus Christ. Although, one must still decide whether Christianity is true or not. Three areas that provide evidence for the Christian faith include science, history, and philosophy. This article deals with the scientific evidence.
This may be a surprise but science actually points to the Christian God. One of the most startling scientific discoveries of the 20th century was that the universe had a beginning and is not eternal. The “Big Bang” has astounding theistic implications.
A few examples of the evidence for a universe with a beginning include the Second Law of Thermodynamics and the expansion of the universe. The Second Law of Thermodynamics states that the entropy (disorder) of the universe is increasing and the universe is winding down. If the universe is winding down, then there must have been a time when it was wound up (a creation event). In addition, the fact that the universe is expanding (galaxies are moving away from each other at fantastic speeds) implies that they came into existence some finite time ago with the primordial explosion of light and energy known as the Big Bang.
Tufts University physicist Alexander Vilenkin summed up the origins question nicely as he declared at Stephen Hawking’s 70th birthday that, “All the evidence we have says that the universe had a beginning.”1 Thus, we have powerful evidence for a Creator and an empirical confirmation of the Genesis account of creation.
A logical argument for Christian theism is as follows: Everything that begins to exist has a cause. The universe began to exist. Therefore, the universe has a cause. The cause cannot be natural, since all of nature began to exist, therefore it is supernatural (meaning outside of nature). So the cause is supernatural (timeless, space less, and immaterial). This cause must be extremely powerful to create such a vast, beautiful universe. In addition, the cause must be a mind since the only abstract things with causal powers are minds. This is one way that science points to the Christian God.
A Designer Universe
Even more fascinating is that our whole entire universe is fine-tuned for human life. This scientific discovery is called the Anthropic Principle. Basically, there are natural laws and constants that govern the universe that if changed, would either cause the universe to not exist or render us extinct. Cosmologist Stephen Hawking in his book A Brief History of Time says that, “If the rate of expansion one second after the big bang had been smaller by even one part in a hundred thousand million million, the universe would have recollapsed before it ever reached its present size.”2
In addition, if the mass density of the universe was different by 1 in 1059, there would be no habitable galaxies or planets in the universe. Also, the ratio of protons to electrons must be precisely balanced and deviate no more than 1 in 1037, or the universe as we know it would not be here.3 There is an abundance of examples of fine-tuning that govern the universe, from the strong force that holds atoms together to the gravitational force and so on. The point is this, the whole universe is fine-tuned for us to be here.
The argument for God’s existence derived from the nature and design of the universe is as follows. All laws require a lawgiver. There are natural laws that came in to being with the universe. This means there must be a supernatural Lawgiver. Furthermore, the universe is precisely fine-tuned, so it would be idiotic to say that all the fine-tuning is due to chance. Therefore, the only logical explanation is that they are the result of a Fine-Tuner.
These are just a few examples of how modern science points to Christianity. The supposed conflict between science and Christianity is really just a farce. Secular scientists agree that the universe had a beginning and with fine-tuning. Given all the data the obvious inference is that there is a Creator God.
Check out our next post on how Christianity is a historical faith.
1 Grossman, L. New Scientist. Why physicists can’t avoid a creation event. Accessed May 10, 2016 at https://www.scribd.com/doc/77980709/Why-Physicists-Can-t-Avoid-a-Creation-Event
2 Hawking, Stephen A Brief History of Time. (New York, NY.: Bantam Books, 1998), 126.
3 Wallace, J. Warner God’s Crime Scene. (Colorado Springs, CO.: David C. Cook. 2015), 52.